Linux to take over the desktop?
This topic is brought up quite a bit on the internet (google search), but there are some new reasons that we may see a greater takeover of the desktop.
- Microsoft's new Vista is expensive, has too many versions,
- Vista requires a beefy computer,
- Vista's DRM is possibly killing itself.
- Microsoft has to lock down their operating system because of malware. This will make it more difficult for other software and hardware to work with Windows, and for users to set up their computer the way they want.
- Compelling gaming consoles and increased PC graphic card costs may kill PC gaming.
The big advantage of PC gaming was that you had a better screen, a keyboard and the possibility of stealing games from the Internet. Also, you had a good excuse to purchase a kick-ass computer. Now with high definition televisions and gaming consoles with special remotes, all of a sudden installing games on a PC seems like a lot more work.
- Really super easy installs with the Synaptic package manager, and it's like, all of a sudden putting in a CD to install software looks archaic. Also, we still have the problem of badly made installers for Windows which don't uninstall correctly.
- Some really nice software for Linux, like amaroK.
- Good free alternatives exist for Linux (Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Inkscape, etc.). People used to Microsoft Office, might be a little disappointed with OpenOffice, but it does have some features that make it interesting (cost, free language packs - vs Microsoft, bibliography, PDF and SWF output and uses the OpenDocument standard).
- Linux has the best built-in support of USB devices (with windows you usually need to install something from a CD).
- Linux can work extremely well on older hardware, and projects like the OLPC will make it even better.